Twinkle
Twinkle Twin"kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Twinkled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twinkling}.] [OE. twinklen, AS. twinclian; akin to OE. twinken to blink, wink, G. zwinken, zwinkern, and perhaps to E. twitch.] 1. To open and shut the eye rapidly; to blink; to wink. [1913 Webster]

The owl fell a moping and twinkling. --L' Estrange. [1913 Webster]

2. To shine with an intermitted or a broken, quavering light; to flash at intervals; to sparkle; to scintillate. [1913 Webster]

These stars not twinkle when viewed through telescopes that have large apertures. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

The western sky twinkled with stars. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]


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